Newsletter 5 – April 2020

EnABLES Newsletter Issue 5 – April 2020




EnABLES is Open

Michael Hayes, EnABLES project coordinator, wishes everyone good health during this current disruption to our daily lives due to Covid-19. This unprecedented change in our modern daily lives has impacted business, schools & universities across the world. We are all working remotely (from home) but continue to offer the EnABLES programme to researchers. This is an ideal time to submit a proposal, because when your application review process is completed, things will be starting to get back to normal.

Apply now:

Webinar: Energy Storage

Energy Storage Webinar – sign up now!

On Monday 20th April, Professor Claudio Gerbaldi from Politecnico di Torino will host our 3rd Webinar.

This webinar will discuss “Li-based batteries into the future: present status, trend and next challenges”.



Claudio Gerbaldi will be joined by Dr Francesca Colò, and also by Prof. Sergio Brutti, University of Rome “la Sapienza”. Sergio is an expert in Li-based battery research and also member of the evaluation committee of EnABLES. Another unique aspect of this event will be the participation of Dr Matteo Destro, researcher at FAAM-Lithops, the first Italian Li-ion battery company, who will add insights on the industrial perspective.

To register, follow this link

Transnational Access

Marc Braun from TX Logistik in Austria had a proposal approved called “Energy Harvesting for Railway Applications”. Dr Peter Spies, EnABLES partner in Fraunhofer IIS (Germany) delivered this successful transport related project.



Project description
The goal of the project was to investigate energy harvesting power supplies for GPS trackers on railway trains. A GPS tracker was used in a field test to evaluate the power consumption of given railway use-cases and to record and characterise the typical vibration spectrum in this environment. The power output from off-the-shelf vibration harvesters was characterised with the vibrations from the field tests. Further lab testing was analysing the performance of the vibration harvesters and an appropriate energy management system to power the tracker in the specific use-case was customised.
Access provided:
Remote access to Vibration Energy Harvesting at Fraunhofer-IIS.
“Very smooth process from first contact. Availability of Fraunhofer IIS was really good. Answers and technical input were punctual and very accurate. Very direct collaboration, the agenda of the project and the setup was clear to everyone. In addition, two-weekly conference calls helped to fulfill the aim of the project”.

Joint Research Activities (JRAs)

Dr Raphaël Salot, CEA-Leti explains JRAs

The EnABLES consortium performs complementary Joint Research Activities in the field of Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Power Management to improve its access offering. JRAs focus on developing the necessary tools, protocols, libraries and databases as well as advancing the state-of-the-art of prototype platforms, test structures, simulation models and tools. To achieve this, the EnABLES consortium incorporates knowledge hubs of excellence (KIT/HIU, U-Southampton, U-Perugia, U-Bologna, POLITO) responsible for delivering frontier research across various disciplines including materials science, modelling & simulation, fabrication, device engineering, metrology, characterisation, circuit design and system integration.



Examples of just three of the publications arising from Joint Research Activities:

  • G. Piana, F. Bella, F. Geobaldo, G. Meligrana, C. Gerbaldi, “PEO/LAGP hybrid solid polymer electrolytes for ambient temperature lithium batteries by solvent-free, “one pot” preparation”, J. Energy Storage 26 (2019) 100947 [DOI: 10.1016/j.est.2019.100947]
  • D. Mallick, K. Paul, T. Maity, and S. Roy, “Magnetic performances and switching behavior of co-rich CoPtP micro-magnets for applications in magnetic MEMS”, J. Appl. Phys., vol. 125, no. 2, p. 023902, 2019 [DOI: 10.1063/1.5063860]
  • Q. Wang, A. Sarkar, D. Wang, L. Velasco, R. Azmi, S. S. Bhattacharya, T. Bergfeldt, A. Düvel, P. Heitjans, T. Brezesinski, H. Hahn and B. Breitung, “Multi-anionic and -cationic compounds: new high entropy materials for advanced Li-ion batteries”, Energy Environ. Sci., 2019, 12, 2433-2442 [DOI: 10.1039/c9ee00368a]

Focus: What’s Virtual Access – VA (video)

Dr Alessio Stollo from the University of Perugia explains in this video how their Energy Harvesting database which resides at their NiPS Lab (Noise in Physical Systems) in Italy is now available for researchers to access from across the globe. WATCH NOW!

Note: Vibration Data from University of Southampton is also available through EnABLES VA.

EnABLES Virtual Access: Easy access to real vibration data for Energy Harvesting


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